Oscilloscopes

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by tinkerman, Dec 14, 2012.

  1. tinkerman

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  3. BillB3857

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    Even for hobby use, a single channel scope is very, very limiting. Hold out for a 2 channel and you won't regret it.
     
  4. tinkerman

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    Agreed. I'm looking for 2 channel with storage. Not a heavy user of scopes but it's hard to be without one.
     
  5. BillO

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    I recently bought a Uni-T UTD2102CEL that I'm pretty happy with. Lots of people on eBay sell them. It's good for the money I paid.
     
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    This coming year I'm probably going to buy an oscilloscope, and have looked at most of the oscilloscope posts on this forum.

    I have no problem buying a nice digital, as has been recommended (>100mHz, >=2 channel), and I don't have a problem buying a Tektronix analog with the same capabilities.

    A recent post by a member got me thinking about the difference between the analog and digital types.
    He posted a series of cycles of a MOSFET ringing, and if I had to bet, he "captured" the screen and hit a button to have it printed directly to his printer, moved to his computer for printing, or saved on the scope or his computer as a jpeg.

    Would I be able to do that on the Tektronix analog oscilloscope?
     
  8. Rbeckett

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    I bought a used Beckman 2 trace and sig generator for less than 100.00 bucks. Good versatility and plenty of capability. Look around on Ebay and CL and see what comes up nearby. Rather than spending 200 CAN $ on a single channel glorified DVM. Just my thoughts.
    Bob
     
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    followed your link...
    Item location: Guangdong, China... :p 'nuff said...
     
  10. oidium45

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    I am vary happy so far with my Rigol DS1102E. For hobby work it seems to work great.
     
  11. tinkerman

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  12. tinkerman

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    With the digital scopes how fast and how much memory is required. My laptop which I don't use very much anymore is older and rather slow. I know, I know, I should upgrade. :)
     
  13. BillO

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    I love Tektronics. Own two of them and could not live without my 476, but none of these can do what even a $350 modern DSO can do. If you need the features a modern scope has, you just cannot get them with any of these you have listed. But you'll still get a great scope.

    Ah..., yeah. So, exactly what does this mean?
     
  14. BillO

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    As much speed and memory as you can afford. Both are desirable attributes and there is no such thing a too much of either, until your funds run out. My application is microcontrollers, so the UTD2102CEL I got is more than ample, for now. However, anything less than a $35K Agilent DSA81304B or Tek DSA70804 wonder scope would be fairly useless for diagnosing modern PCs or high speed CPLD based products.

    Balance it with your needs and funding.
     
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